Mindanao railway project to start in January 2019

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) is set to start the construction of the first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) in January 2019. This was bared by MRP Deputy Project Manager Patmei Bello-Ruivivar during Tuesday’s regular session of the City Council, where she asked for the local legislators’ support of the project. Ruivivar said the first phase of the project covers 102 kilometers with eight stations starting from Tagum City, Panabo, Carmen, Mudiang in Davao City, Magtuod, Toril, Sta. Cruz and Digos City. It is expected to be finished…

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Navy sees nothing wrong in docked Chinese Ship

The Philippine Navy stressed there is nothing irregular with the port call of Chinese vessel MP Yuan 113 at Sasa Port. Commodore Ramil Roberto Enriquez, commander of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao said the Yuan 13 has a corresponding permit from the Department of Foreign Affairs. He said the Chinese vessel had visited Davao City initially in 2010 and between 2010 and 2018, similar vessels had docked at the Sasa Port. “Nothing extraordinary with its presence here. The Chinese Embassy in Manila requested for its clearance,” Enriquez said. He said…

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Digital transformation propels Davao City to world’s 100 super cities

This city has jumped to one of the world’s 100 super cities and the only one in Mindanao not only because of its thriving business outsourcing sector, but also the city government’s digital transformation. This was disclosed Thursday by Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, the chief of the ICT Industry and Countryside Development of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), who cited the city government’s digital transformation specifically in public safety, disaster resiliency, quality of life and infrastructure. Ibrahim said Davao City has joined other Philippine super cities–Bacolod, Metro Manila,…

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Davao City launches 2018 Kadayawan Festival

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the launching of the 2018 Kadayawan Festival at the Marco Polo Hotel on Monday, urging Dabawenyos to join in celebrating unity and for visitors to experience the best of the city. Mayor Sara said Kadayawan serves as a reminder for Dabawenyos to go back to their roots and history in Davao’s journey, to where it is today as a city founded on virtues of respect, tolerance, acceptance and solidarity. “Kadayawan is a celebration of everything that madayaw (good) about Davao City – the food, the sights,…

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Bigger, Grander Kadayawan Festival set

This year’s Kadayawan Festival will be bigger, both in terms of budget and activities, officials said. During Monday’s official media launch of the festivity, City Tourism Office-in-charge Regina Rosa Tecson revealed that this year’s Kadayawan will have a P44-million budget, P2 million higher than last year’s. “The City Government will shoulder P12 million for the prizes and the food of the security personnel while the private sector will be the one to raise the remaining amount,” she said. Tecson said that the city is eyeing a total of 200,000 foreign…

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Famed Dupag Rocks Formation in Apayao to reopen in August

Closed for almost a month now, one of Apayao’s major tourist destinations in Marag Valley is expected to reopen for tourists in August this year. Apayao Vice Governor Remy Albano confirmed this on Saturday, following a dialogue with concerned tourism stakeholders on Friday. “Thank God that our dialogue regarding the Dupag Rocks Formation was fruitful. We hope to formally open it again to the public on the first week of August,” said Albano. Last month, the Dupag Rocks Formation was temporarily closed to visitors, slowing down the arrival of local…

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Ilocos Norte farmers benefit from tobacco excise tax share

Farmers in Badoc, Ilocos Norte were all smiles on Thursday as they finally received farm machineries and fertilizers from their municipal government. At least 31 tractors and 4,307 sacks of fertilizers were distributed to all of the villages, purchased using the town’s tobacco excise tax share. “Agyamankami unay kadagitoy a traktor ken abono. Dakkel a tulong kadakami a mannalon (We are thankful for all these tractors and fertilizers. These are great help for us farmers),” said Luciano Gamayo, a resident of Barangay 13-B, Bato. During the distribution, Municipal Agriculturist Leonora…

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DA-11 sees expansion of coffee farms in Davao region in 4 years

The Department of Agriculture in Region 11 (DA-11) is bullish about the expansion of coffee production areas in the Davao Region to 20,000 hectares in 2022 from the current 16,000. Melani Provido, DA-11 High-Value Crops Development Program Coordinator, said DA sees an increase in the area, at least by 20 percent, and the production of coffee to 100 percent, or about one metric ton per hectare per year. In a business forum on Tuesday, Provido said coffee is one of the priority programs of the DA. The agency focuses on…

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No need for Pres. Duterte to apologize over remarks about God : Mayor Sara

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte defended President Rodrigo Duterte over calls for her father to apologize for his remarks on the origin of man, which created a stir among the Catholic Church and other religious groups. “For me, he does not need to apologize. Should he apologize to God?” Mayor Sara asked when sought for reaction in an interview with reporters during Thursday’s 7th year remembrance of the June 28, 2011 flashflood in the city. The mayor explained that any person has the right to share an…

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President Duterte visits wounded soldiers in Cagayan de Oro City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte personally checked the condition of several wounded soldiers currently confined at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital inside the Infantry Division headquarters here on Monday, June 25. During the hospital visit, President Duterte conferred medals of the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kampilan to the injured soldiers in honor of their courage, bravery, and sacrifice in the service of the country. The Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan is awarded by the President to officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who were seriously…

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